Dinner & a Show: Thursday 10/21 | Bleader

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Show: Me Too, I Am Catherine Deneuve This entertaining dark comedy by French playwright Pierre Notte centers on a singer-turned-housewife whose three adult children each long to be somebody they're not.

8 pm, Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland St., 773-384-0494, trapdoortheatre.com, $20, two-for-one Thursdays

Dinner: Takashi A sublime synthesis from Takashi Yagihashi (Yoshi's, Ambria, Detroit's Tribute, Noodles by Takashi Yagihashi) in the former Scylla space.

1952 N. Damen Ave., 773-772-6170, takashichicago.com


Show: The Dude Abides: A Musical Tribute to "The Big Lebowski" This live musical version of the Coen brothers' 1998 classic captures the quirky personalities of Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski and his bowling pals.

8 pm, iO, 3541 N. Clark St., 773-880-0199, chicago.ioimprov.com, $6-$12

Dinner: Bolat African Cuisine Berber rack of lamb, the most expensive item, is a terrific value at $24: eight perfectly prepared chops, pink inside and crusty outside, lightly dressed with a complex sauce of chiles, cumin, and cardamom that balances the richness of the lamb.

3346 N. Clark St., 773-665-1100


Show: Inside Job Press materials call this documentary by Charles Ferguson "the first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008." Not exactly—it follows and in many ways echoes Andrew and Leslie Cockburn's excellent American Casino (2009). But as Ferguson proved with his Iraq war documentary No End in Sight (2007), he can get to a story later but provide so much more context that his film seems definitive.

4:30 pm, 7 pm, 9:30 pm, Music Box, 3733 N. Southport Ave., 773-871-6604, musicboxtheatre.com

Dinner: Vines on Clark Italian and American food from chefs Tim Edstrom (Everest, Kiki's Bistro, Spiaggia) and Raul Ramos (Spiaggia, Pump Room).

3554 N. Clark St., 773-327-8572, cubbybear.com/vinesonclark

Show: Aparajito The second and least-seen chapter of Satyajit Ray's famous Apu trilogy.

7 pm, Univ. of Chicago Doc Films, 1212 E. 59th St., 773-702-8575, docfilms.uchicago.edu

Dinner: Cedars Mediterranean Kitchen This Lebanese restaurant offers the usual suspects: marinated chicken kebabs, falafel, and hummus to spread on unusually good pita. Portions are generous, which makes it a great stop for those on a student budget.

1206 E. 53rd St., 773-324-6227, eatcedars.com


Show: Edward McClelland (Horseplayers: Life at the Track) talks about Young Mr. Obama: Chicago and the Making of a Black President.

7 pm, Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-293-2665, bookcellarinc.com, free

Dinner: Opart Thai House Some call this the best Thai place around for freshness, consistency, and variety.

4658 N. Western Ave., 773-989-8517, opartthai.com

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